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Machinery involved in 58 percent of work-related amputations in 2018

June 04, 2020

Work-related amputations resulted in 6,200 cases with days away from work in 2018. That was about 0.5 percent of all the cases resulting in days away from work. Although these types of injuries are not frequent, they resulted in workers taking a median of 31 days away from work to recover. The median recovery time for all types of injuries in 2018 was 9 days away from work.

In 2018, 58 percent of amputations (3,580 cases) involved some type of machinery. Parts and materials were involved in 15 percent of amputations. Tools, instrument and equipment, including powered and unpowered hand tools, were involved in 7 percent.

Percent of nonfatal workplace amputations involving days away from work by selected source of injury, all ownerships, 2018
Source of injury or illness Percent of amputations

Machinery

58%

Parts and materials

15

Containers, furniture, and fixtures

8

Vehicles

8

Tools, instruments and equipment

7

All other sources

5

Machinery used for metal, woodworking, or special material was involved in 1,660 amputations in 2018.

Number of nonfatal workplace amputations involving days away from work by selected types of machinery as source of injury, all ownerships, 2018
Type of machinery Number of amputations

Metal, woodworking, and special material machinery

1,660

Special process machinery

640

All other machinery

610

Material personnel handling machinery

470

Construction, logging, and mining machinery

200

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2018."

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Machinery involved in 58 percent of work-related amputations in 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/machinery-involved-in-58-percent-of-work-related-amputations-in-2018.htm (visited October 26, 2020).

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